' Tis the season for glitz and glam and sparkly clothes aplenty!Ruth Langsford got in the festive spirit with her shimmering top by & Other Stories that has Christmas time written all over it.FAULT LINE: Even if there was a binding contract, a legal defence could be the poor disclosure of the cost of the service, which contravened the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the fact that it could be considered to be unconscionable conduct' in terms of the CPA.Boys will be boys, so the saying goes, and it seems that for some teenage boys that means seeing an advert for a sex chat line – in a newspaper or online – and deciding to make that call.The sex chat line company which Carte Blanche featured recently was another company, My Way, but its modus operandi is virtually identical.
And then comes the harassment to pay up, followed by threats to charge the boy with fraud – for lying about being over-18 at the start of the call – and to play the recording of the conversation in court, and to seek a civil judgment against the parent for non-payment of the debt.
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“Unconscionable conduct includes taking advantage of a consumer’s inability to appreciate the language and what they are getting themselves into,” she said.
As for whether the boy could be charged with fraud for lying about his age, legal sources told Consumer Watch that it was very unlikely that the court would decide to prosecute a minor for fraud, given the circumstances. Social Network, which trades as Hot Live Girls, is based in Uvongo, and owned by Keith and Martie Lewis.